Amazon to buy Xbox from MS?[Rumour]. Would this be good or bad?

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Posted by misterpmedia (4219 posts) 1 year, 1 month ago

Poll: Amazon to buy Xbox from MS?[Rumour]. Would this be good or bad? (75 votes)

Bad, Microsoft are doing a fine job as they are. Great system with great games. 29%
Good, Xbox needs fresh management and focus to steer the ship from the rocks. 71%

Also discuss.

#1 Edited by vincent380 (2243 posts) -

Don't believe it. Would be a bad idea too.

#2 Edited by WilliamRLBaker (28465 posts) -

lol has been since before the xbox one launch show? lol rightttt

#3 Edited by TheEroica (14313 posts) -

Whomever is most focused in terms of gaming is who I want making games. Period... Amazon is an amazing company.

Prime would be your online pass and because it offers Sooooo much more than games it would be instantly worth it...

Games would would be discount city for Xbox through DD.

Again, if they're focused on a gamer centric future... Bring it.

#4 Posted by GrenadeLauncher (6234 posts) -

Xbox Prime.

Would welcome Xbox being passed over to Bezos' crew, they might end up being a lot less malignant

#6 Edited by whiskeystrike (12096 posts) -

Amazon consistently has digital sales that rival and at times surpass Steam.

I'd have no problem with them at the head of a console.

#7 Posted by misterpmedia (4219 posts) -

@Desmonic said:

Okay, assuming this was legit, do they have the cash to make it happen? It's not just buying the brand, they'd have to deal with the costs of maintaining it and all it's associated IP's and studios. Let us not forget that so far it cost some 7 Billion to keep it alive (and this is not counting anything related to the X1, just up until 2011/2012). Money which they still haven't been able to regain with the brand.

Would be a very interesting move, I'll give them that, but I just don't see it happening. Plus MS has a long term plan with the brand, so I doubt they'd be willing to sell it on whim.. Time will tell I suppose.

I think Amazon are pretty damn rich to handle most of what it takes to be honest. I'm all for it.

#8 Edited by FreedomFreeLife (3170 posts) -

First, Microsoft is only one who makes right now profit from Xbox. Why would they sell this?

Second, if people want to get off MS then this means 2 things:

1. ps5 costs 1000 dollars

2. if ms is gone then Apple joins console war, kills Sony and then people will cry.

Microsoft gave online gaming. You all should be thankful for that!!! Lets take PS plus, store, trophies, online gaming matchmaking, stats, ranks and all off, lets see how happy you all would be then. Microsoft gave all this. Only stupid people say that MS should leave.

#9 Edited by misterpmedia (4219 posts) -

@FreedomFreeLife said:

First, Microsoft is only one who makes right now profit from Xbox. Why would they sell this?

Second, if people want to get off MS then this means 2 things:

1. ps5 costs 1000 dollars

2. if ms is gone then Apple joins console war, kills Sony and then people will cry.

Microsoft gave online gaming. You all should be thankful for that!!! Lets take PS plus, store, trophies, online gaming matchmaking, stats, ranks and all off, lets see how happy you all would be then. Microsoft gave all this. Only stupid people say that MS should leave.

It doesn't mean any of those things lol. At least be realistic. As for the bold, have you seen how that 'profit' stacks up with the rest of the profit they get from other more successful divisions?

#10 Posted by Gue1 (11019 posts) -

the only reason the Xbox brand still exists it's because M$ has deep pockets to pay for exclusive deals. So unless Amazon is thinking on doing the same buying Xbox would be pointless because they are only gonna get their ass handed by Sony.

#12 Edited by speedfog (3333 posts) -

Every console would be better of at Amazon.

#13 Posted by starwolf474 (932 posts) -

There is no way in hell that Microsoft is getting rid of Xbox. The Xbox is more than just a gaming console to Microsoft; it is key to them winning the next great battle in the technology world, which is the battle over being the dominant Living Room entertainment delivery ecosystem. In the upcoming years, this is going to be a very profitable market and Microsoft would be very shortsighted if they got rid of the device that they have been building up to be their entry into this market. Microsoft has lost the last few big technology market battles such as smartphones and tablets, so they want to win this next one really bad. They are not going to throw away everything that they have been building up for years and give up their shot at winning the next big technology battle by getting rid of Xbox.

And if it actually did happen, it would be very bad for gamers (all gamers, even Xbox haters that never buy Xbox consoles). Microsoft has done more for the growth of the gaming industry than Nintendo or Sony have done over the last 2 generations. Can you imagine how terrible online gaming would still be right now without Microsoft since it was obvious Sony and Nintendo had no clue about how to do online gaming well without Xbox Live leading the way. And look at how much better they have made gaming controllers; the Xbox 360 controller is widely considered to be the greatest controller of all time and both Sony and Nintendo were heavily influenced by the Xbox 360 controller for the design of the Pro Controller and DualShock 4, and ALL gamers have benefited from this. I can keep going on about how Microsoft led the way with harddrives in consoles, digital marketplace, achievements, increasing the popularity of western games on consoles, etc.

Even if you have never owned a Xbox console and have no interest in ever buying one, Microsoft's existence in the gaming industry has still done a lot to make gaming better for you. It would be bad for all gamers if they left.

#14 Posted by _Matt_ (9265 posts) -

@TheEroica said:

Whomever is most focused in terms of gaming is who I want making games. Period... Amazon is an amazing company.

Prime would be you online pass and because it offers Sooooo much more than games it would be instantly worth it...

Games would would be discount city for Xbox through DD.

Again, if they're focused on a gamer centric future... Bring it.

Interesting way of looking at it; I had not thought of those possibilities.

But even with that considered, I don't think Amazon could do as good a job as Microsoft are doing with the Xbox brand, they just don't have the experience.

#15 Edited by tdkmillsy (1623 posts) -

If this did happen (don't think it has a chance), would the hate then die down cos its no longer a Microsoft product.

#16 Posted by LJS9502_basic (152141 posts) -

That's a stupid rumor. So I don't believe it. It's neither good nor bad per se.

#17 Edited by XboxDone74 (2116 posts) -

http://www.gamepolitics.com/2013/11/08/analyst-microsoft-loses-2-billion-xbox-annually#.Uv9rktNMHFo

Not a bad idea since Xbox makes them no profit...but Android does.

#18 Posted by APiranhaAteMyVa (2957 posts) -

No chance, Microsoft wouldn't put so much effort into advertising and releasing Xbone One if they are going to offload the brand a month after launch. They may sell it off at the end of the gen, depending on how the console gaming market looks at that point, but for now nope.

#19 Posted by FreedomFreeLife (3170 posts) -

@xboxdone74 said:

http://www.gamepolitics.com/2013/11/08/analyst-microsoft-loses-2-billion-xbox-annually#.Uv9rktNMHFo

Not a bad idea since Xbox makes them no profit...but Android does.

"Analyst"

Every Xbox One sold makes profit, every Wii U and PS4 makes loss

#20 Posted by Ghost120x (4098 posts) -

A source from some random guy on twitter?

#21 Posted by FreedomFreeLife (3170 posts) -

@Ghost120x said:

A source from some random guy on twitter?

yeah a guy who said that MS will bankrupt soon. lol

#22 Posted by FoxbatAlpha (8661 posts) -

Lol famousmortimor. Cboat is debunked and gone and Thuway is a mental case.

Anyway to entertain the topic: I would feel like someone handed me back my hot girlfriend after spending the night with her. My Xbox just wouldn't be the same anymore. But I could grow to love again.

#23 Edited by timbers_WSU (6076 posts) -

@Gue1: like last gen? smh.

#24 Posted by Evo_nine (2076 posts) -

lol keep dreaming cows.

#25 Edited by TheEroica (14313 posts) -

@_Matt_ said:

@TheEroica said:

Whomever is most focused in terms of gaming is who I want making games. Period... Amazon is an amazing company.

Prime would be you online pass and because it offers Sooooo much more than games it would be instantly worth it...

Games would would be discount city for Xbox through DD.

Again, if they're focused on a gamer centric future... Bring it.

Interesting way of looking at it; I had not thought of those possibilities.

But even with that considered, I don't think Amazon could do as good a job as Microsoft are doing with the Xbox brand, they just don't have the experience.

maybe... then again, what does Amazon NOT do well? They've created some of the most forward thinking business models in the modern day and they've completely decimated our old perception of retail shopping.... Whether or not they are skilled in the area is up for debate, but I'd put money down that if they were bold enough to do something this costly, they've done their homework... and most likely better than everyone else. It'll be interesting if it ever happens.

#26 Edited by Boddicker (2984 posts) -

The part that makes this hard to believe is that these talks were supposedly going on before the X1 reveal.

The X1 is such a mess idk if it can be saved. People buy consoles to game on first and usually use a streaming service like Netflix, etc second. Amazon would have to lower the price and seriously consider dumping Kinect.

#27 Edited by Telekill (4982 posts) -

I'd be more willing to buy one as I like Amazon as a company and already use them to buy music and tv shows.

I'd rather they just come up with their own.

#28 Posted by TheEroica (14313 posts) -

@Telekill said:

I'd be more willing to buy one as I like Amazon as a company and already use them to buy music and tv shows.

I'd rather they just come up with their own.

another console with exclusive games and content would be oversaturation... Steambox, ps4, xone, amazonBOX.... bleh. Id rather them buy xbox, develop that stable of unused franchises and develop new ones, tie me into amazon prime for my online subscription and they'll own my living room.... Unlike Microsoft, I actually buy and rent movies, music and entertainment from Amazon because I believe its sustainable for that company and my content will be safe, years from now.... unlike "zune marketplace" crapolla and the nonsense sony pushes at you. I'd love to see this happen actually.

#29 Posted by -CC- (1911 posts) -

They need to sell it. Win8 is horrid and so is Xbone. They clearly cant do two things at once. Amazon would be smart to wait a while as the PS4 outsells it big time they can just get it cheaper once its on life support in a few more months.

#30 Posted by Snugenz (12659 posts) -

It can't get much worse than it is atm so why not, though i doubt we'll ever see the Xbox brand as good as it was back in the Allard era again.

#32 Edited by tonitorsi (8613 posts) -

This would be a magnificent acquisition from Amazon. They have a very pro-consumer mindset and have installed pretty bombastic features in their business divisions that have been frankly, very ambitiously progressive.

They are also huge pioneers of Cloud tech which could serve as a very positive outcome for their Online components. Not to mention, they could more than easily give Steam and PlayStation Plus a serious run for their cash in weekly deals and discounts, as well as retail exclusive deals

#33 Edited by misterpmedia (4219 posts) -

@FreedomFreeLife said:

@Ghost120x said:

A source from some random guy on twitter?

yeah a guy who said that MS will bankrupt soon. lol

he's never once said that lol

#34 Edited by Legend500 (149 posts) -

Amazon is a better company than Microsoft so yes.

#35 Posted by kuu2 (7791 posts) -

More Twitter douches........

What was that about MisterX begin a mental case again??????

Sony Fan continue to be the clowns of SW.

#36 Posted by misterpmedia (4219 posts) -

@kuu2 said:

More Twitter douches........

What was that about MisterX begin a mental case again??????

Sony Fan continue to be the clowns of SW.

check my new thread for his update, cutie <3

#37 Posted by XboxDone74 (2116 posts) -

@FreedomFreeLife:

? that graph has nothing to do with xbox. :(

And xbox one is sold at a loss.

http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/blog/techflash/2013/11/microsoft-selling-xbox-one-at-a-loss.html?page=all

#38 Posted by HalcyonScarlet (5047 posts) -

Amazon wouldn't make it work. Xbox is just a hardware device heavily backed by MSs services and expertise in the software and networks area, It's also MS clout which has got it 3rd party support. Amazon is a retail store with experience in streaming and DDs.

The Azure platform would be closed off as well. The WHOLE thing would become beyond worthless. You can't sell off a console like it's a tangible single product, because the box we buy is only about half the product.

#39 Posted by 2Chalupas (5248 posts) -

My first reaction would be... R.I.P Nintendo and Sony.

But on second thought, I kind of think Amazon would cater more to the "casuals" than even Microsoft. So I'm not really sure. It seems like it makes sense for Amazon to have another hub to access their marketplace - so why not do a console? I'm just not sure they will go all in as far as forming AAA game studios and all that.

#40 Posted by coasterguy65 (6164 posts) -

Never going to happen.

#41 Edited by GrenadeLauncher (6234 posts) -

ITT delicious lem panic

The axeman cometh.

#42 Posted by Couth_ (10226 posts) -

I HATE the amazon 'ecosystem' that's on the kindle. It's garbage. It wouldn't translate well to Xbox either. But the pricing would be incredible I reckon. Cheap digital downloads and frequent sales

#43 Posted by GrenadeLauncher (6234 posts) -

@FoxbatAlpha said:

Lol famousmortimor. Cboat is debunked and gone

That didn't happen, Shitbat. You should stop listening to misterxmedia.

Amazon would probably make it a lot better, anyway. This is in both our interests. :)

#44 Edited by FoxbatAlpha (8661 posts) -

@GrenadeLauncher: bookmarked.

#45 Posted by crimsonman1245 (4253 posts) -

Amazon is probably my favorite company, i would just be nervous about the console that they make. Microsoft does a great job of making Sony better. I dont know how to feel about it if its true, exciting but kind of scary at the same time.

#46 Posted by Speak_Low (1241 posts) -

How credible is this Twitter guy? Who the hell is he

#47 Posted by topgunmv (10326 posts) -

Amazon would be better off making their own console.

It's not like they don't have experiance with hardware, their kindles make up like 40% of the tablet market and they've only been around for like 3 years.

#48 Posted by crimsonman1245 (4253 posts) -

@topgunmv said:

Amazon would be better off making their own console.

It's not like they don't have experiance with hardware, their kindles make up like 40% of the tablet market and they've only been around for like 3 years.

Would be alot better/faster/easier to buy Xbox.

Xbox comes with a big recognizable name brand, a great online network, cloud network (i think), great controller, and a huge system selling IP.

#49 Posted by topgunmv (10326 posts) -

@crimsonman1245: That's true, I was thinking only of the actual console hardware and brand name, not the controller design or the online infrastructure.

That said, I still thinik they'd be better off building something from the ground up that patches into their existing systems.

#50 Posted by Basinboy (11357 posts) -

That would definitely cause an upheaval in the industry. And I can see why each party would want to make it happen.

@HalcyonScarlet said:

Amazon wouldn't make it work. Xbox is just a hardware device heavily backed by MSs services and expertise in the software and networks area, It's also MS clout which has got it 3rd party support. Amazon is a retail store with experience in streaming and DDs.

The Azure platform would be closed off as well. The WHOLE thing would become beyond worthless. You can't sell off a console like it's a tangible single product, because the box we buy is only about half the product.

Purchase of the Xbox brand would likely come included with the infrastructure (at least to some extent, I imagine), plus the entire point behind buying the platform would be to offer more services. Instead of paying an XBL fee plus all your content services fees (MLB fee, HBO, Netflix, etc.), you could buy into Tiers of Prime that would get you TV programming, shipping services, free game content (ala PS+), and so on. It's an interesting proposition, and I wonder if Amazon's product versatility would enable them to appeal to consumers across the device spectrum (with Xbox services on each). MS' efforts haven't ever quite caught on.